Wonder where I’ve been for the past 9 months? New Year, New Me? was the title of my last blog post on January 8, 2017. Needless to say, I didn’t keep up with a lot of my goals in that post…one being that I was going to blog more often…ahem. Um… yea… about that. It’s not you, it’s me.
On January 8, the day I published my last blog post, my life changed forever. After 18 years of marriage, my husband and best friend of more than 23 years left me.
The months since that day have been a heartbreaking, uncertain journey I had never, ever envisioned. Although this journey has been fraught with challenges, it’s also been filled with unexpected blessings from God. Without His constant presence in my life, His strength, His love, and His providence, I would be in a far different place. And I could not appreciate this path were it not for Him.
And 9 months later I can say, I’ve emerged from this journey a new me. Still me, just better. 🙂 I have learned so much about so many things, including my three kids. I have met new people, made new friends, and tried new things and been lovingly and graciously blessed and supported by so many family and friends.
In January, I was in a boot, recovering from a foot stress fracture after the NYC Marathon. On October 8, 2017, 9 months to the day he left, I finished the Chicago Marathon–my fourth! Honestly, there were so many times in training, for so many reasons, I wasn’t sure I would make it to the starting line or even if I wanted to.
But, I enjoyed every mile of the race, rejoicing in the culmination of hard work and perseverance. The race didn’t go as I had planned (I hope to have a race recap soon), but coming in a close second in terms of enjoyment after my very first marathon, I really enjoyed the race! Thanks to those of you who have continued to encourage me on IG and rooted for me during the days leading up to the race. You have no idea how much it meant to me.
So, I’m back. Dipping my toe in the proverbial water.
What’s next? To keep learning, growing, and being the best me.